Kate and Prince William ‘broke up over phone while she was at work at Jigsaw’
Kate Middleton and Prince William broke up while she was at work at Jigsaw after their relationship hit a rocky patch, a new book claims.
It is said that Kate excused her self from a meeting to take a call from William – then a “hard-drinking” Army officer often spotted at nightclubs – and shut herself in a room for more than an hour while the pair discussed their future.
They broke up during the call but the split didn’t last long – they got back together 10 weeks later, claims royal biographer Robert Lacey claims in new book Battle of Brothers.
During those three months, William found dating difficult and was turned down by a “surprising” number of young women, and he missed Kate and her family, it is alleged.
Mr Lacey’s book, Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of A Family in Tumult, is being serialised in the Daily Mail, before its October 15 release.
It includes new claims about Kate and William’s rocky romance before their 2011 wedding, including the Duchess of Cambridge refusing the Queen’s unprecedented Christmas invitation prior to her engagement to the prince.
It also alleges a serious rift developed between brothers William and Harry when the younger prince was pictured in a Nazi costume.
In the final part of the serialisation, Mr Lacey claims William and Kate split on April 11, 2007, during a one-hour phone call while she was an accessory buyer with London-based clothing retailer Jigsaw.
The future duchess, then 25, excused herself from a meeting and went into a room to be out of earshot of other buyers.
Mr Lacey writes: “She shut the door for more than an hour. When she came out, she was single.
“That person got the message quicker than he or anyone else expected. William had found dating difficult, for a start, when a surprising number of young women from his circle turned him down flat.
“They could suss out the truth about where his heart lay, even if he himself could not.”
The book claims William, then a 24-year-old Army officer, missed the Middleton family, including visits to his future in-laws’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
He was “mothered” by Kate’s mum Carole, and her dad Michael “could provide a better ear for confidences, on some issues, than Prince Charles”, it is claimed.
Kate and William began speaking on the phone again, and just ten weeks after the phone call they were seen kissing at a party in Bovington, Dorset.
A friend told the author that William “hasn’t stopped pining for Kate” since that break-up, and insists she is the best thing to ever happen to him.
Battle of Brothers also claims the Duchess of Cambridge refused an invitation from the Queen to attend a Royal Family Christmas prior to her engagement to William.
Mr Lacey wrote that the monarch extended her first invitation to an unregistered partner for the family’s traditional Christmas lunch to Kate in 2006.
But the then 24-year-old declined the historic request, according to Mr Lacey’s book.
He writes Kate “would go to Sandringham on Christmas Day only when she was engaged and had a ring to prove it”.
The couple got engaged in Cctober 2010 and they tied the knot in April 2011, four years after they are said to have split over the phone.
Their first son, Prince George is now seven and was born in July 2013. Princess Charlotte, five, arrived in May 2015, and the Cambridge’s youngest child, Prince Louis, now two, was born in April 2018.
Mr Lacey’s book has also claimed a serious rift developed between William and Harry years before Meghan came into the younger brother’s life.
The response to the Nazi costume incident in 2005 prompted Harry to reconsider his older brother’s involvement and the differing treatments of the pair.
Mr Lacey also wrote the Queen felt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “erratic and impulsive” in making their departure from the royal family.
And William was said to be so infuriated by his brother’s behaviour he refused to dine with Harry alone before a summit with their grandmother at the height of the imbroglio surrounding the Sussexes’ decision to step down.
The book also alleges:
– The Royal Family were “hopping mad” over Harry and Meghan’s trademarking of Sussex Royal products and services, which was viewed as a “commercialising of the crown”.
– The Queen, Charles and William were not consulted over the multiple legal actions taken by the couple against the media.
– A “powerful constituency” within the family felt Meghan’s interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby during last year’s tour of Africa, in which she bemoaned her life, showed a “bizarre tone deafness” and was “miserably self-indulgent”.
Mirror Online has contacted Kensington Palace for comment.
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